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Dogs vs Cats: Which Makes The Better Pet?  

The Cats Vs Dogs controversy has gone on for thousands of years, ever since they were domesticated. But which makes the best pet?    The answer depends largely on the owner’s personality and requirements for animal companionship.   Dogs are intensely loyal to the people who feed them. They can be hostile to perceived “invaders,” and a […]

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Spring at The Lake District Coast Aquarium

By Mark Vollers  Mark Vollers gets ready for a busy season at the Lake District Coast Aquarium.   Spring starts earlier than on land in our local Solway Firth marine environment as rapidly increasing light intensity and hours of daylight trigger the first plankton bloom. This in turn supports the growth of countless millions of newly hatched fish fry […]

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Wild About Cumbria – Otters

In this installment of our Wild About Cumbria series, Danielle Murphy delves deeper into the lives of Cumbria’s otters. There are few people that can honestly say they don’t experience the heartwarming feeling that  comes over most of us at the sight of otters holding hands. Let’s be honest, when Blue Planet 2 featured otters […]

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The Red Squirrels of Forest How

While red squirrels continue to suffer from a major decline in the UK, one west Cumbrian guest house is lucky enough to have its very own community of them in the grounds. At one time red squirrels could be found all over Great Britain they can now only be spotted in wooded areas in the […]

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Maryport Aquarium – Autumn/Winter Review

Mark Vollers tells us what’s new at the Lake District Coast Aquarium this season. When you are keeping a wide variety and number of fish there is never a dull moment and always the challenge of trying to do something better.  So, to this end the aquarium is now better set up to bring on […]

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Wild About West Cumbria – Jackdaws

A magnificent bird that is somewhat misunderstood, Danielle Murphy gets familiar with the Jackdaw. Jackdaws are the smallest member of the corvid or crow family, which also includes raven, carrion crow and jay. Similar to other Corvids these beautiful birds is extremely adaptable, living in farmland woodland or even the urban cities. They are known […]

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Wild About Cumbria – Butterflies

In the latest installment of our Wild About Cumbria series, Danielle Murphy takes a closer look at the breathtaking butterflies we may spot in the garden this summer. Cumbria is often thought of as beautiful for its lakes, mountains and scenery. However true this may be, it isn’t just the national parks which boast all […]

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To Bee or not to Bee

By Danielle Murphy In the latest installment of our Wild about Cumbria, Danielle Murphy takes a look at one of the most important species you will see this summer. This particular animal is smaller than a mouse, yet vital to our way of life. If you haven’t already guessed, it is our friend the Bumblebee. […]

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Wild About West Cumbria: Hedge-Hogging Our Attention

In the second of our wild about Cumbria series, our resident wildlife guru, Danielle Murphy delves into the prickly world of hedgehogs and explains just how we can help to protect them by creating safe havens in our own gardens. They’re small, they’re super cute and they are covered in prickles. Yes, I am referring […]

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Wildlife of The Solway Firth – The Sea Trout Salmo trutta

The Native Sea Trout and the Brown Trout are the same  species,  a fact which was only really settled with the advent of genetic testing.  What they certainly have in common is the need to be in  fresh water to breed, using gravel beds in upper reaches of rivers to lay their eggs. Young brown […]

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